On Tuesday, February 14, 2017 an inaguration ceremony for the Artisan's Market Project was held at the side of the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex or better known as Saca Chispas. The mayor expressed that it has been a work in progress that has finally come to reality with the help of CARILED (Caribbean Local Economic Development Project.)
Artisan's have now been given the approval to move into their booths and are more than happy. The mayor claims this is the second phase of the Artisan's Market Project and that the third and final stage will occur soon. Along with the Artisan's Market Project, the Traffic issues around the island are also being taken care of by the town council with the help of CARILED. Projects to improve traffic flow will commence in just a few weeks.
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Inaguration ceremony for the Artisan's Market Project
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The SPTC launches second phase of its artisan market project
With support from the Caribbean Local Economic Development Project (CARILED), The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) was finally able to launch the second phase of its Artisan Market Area project on Tuesday, February 14th. This second phase aims to relocate artisans/vendors that continue doing business on the beaches of the island to the area around the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex. In the first phase of the project, artisans were relocated from the Central Park to booths in an open area on Angel Coral Street. This time, the other artisans will be provided with colourful kiosks with display windows, lockers and proper wiring for lighting.
The official ceremonies of the launch saw the presence of students from the Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES), Mayor Daniel Guerrero, representatives from CARILED, staff from the SPTC and members of the community.
Of the 16 kiosks ordered, 14 have made it to the island, featuring tropical colours that complement the town’s atmosphere. According to Guerrero, the cost of the kiosks, including transportation to the island and assembling electrical wiring was a bit over US$21,000. This was covered by the SPTC, CARILED and Mahogany Bay Development. In the meantime, the Belize Tourism Board is contemplating in joining the cause so more kiosks can be ordered.
Before the activities concluded, a third phase of the project was announced. It will comprise of training sessions for the artisans, so that they can enhance the ability to brand their products and provide good customer service.
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